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Author:
Matthew Gollub
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
A fly, who speaks jazz, seeks directions to town from animals and insects who respond to him with their sounds. The fly uses these sounds to jazz up his band’s music.
Author:
Craig Awmiller
Reading Level:
High School
Genre:
Non Fiction
Traces the history of the blues from its African roots through the 90s, with a focus on key artists ranging from Louis Armstrong to Muddy Waters and B.B. King.
Author:
Lyll Becerra de Jenkins
Reading Level:
Middle School,High School,Adult
Genre:
Fiction
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Because few novels have addressed the political upheaval in South America, this gripping tale is especially welcome. Loosely based on the author's childhood experiences, Marta Maldonada's story begins as her journalist father continues to attack, in the pages of his newspaper, the country's dicta
Author:
Mildred D. Taylor
Reading Level:
High School
Genre:
Fiction
A family's trip in their new car doesn't turn out as they expect as they encounter racism and prejudice along the way.
Author:
Jacob Lawrence
Reading Level:
High School
Genre:
Fiction
An artistic account of the migration of African-Americans North during the civil war.
Author:
Charles Blood
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
A goat and a Navajo weaver tell the story of the process of creating Navajo rugs from wool.
Author:
Walter Dean Myers
Reading Level:
High School
Genre:
Fiction
Novel traces a family's ongoing quest for equality throughout many generations a societal changes.
Author:
Louise Erdich
Reading Level:
Late Elementary School,Middle School
Genre:
Fiction
Awards:

The story is set on an island in Lake Superior in 1850, readers will identify with the everyday activities of the Ojibwa, providing a parallel to their own lives while encouraging an appreciation for one that is very different. Erdrich's captivating tale of four seasons portrays a deep appreciati
Author:
Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Reading Level:
Early Elementary School
Genre:
Fiction
This is a story of the Star-Spangled Banner through the eyes of young Caroline Pickersgill, the daughter of an important flag maker, Mary Pickersgill.
Author:
Avi Avi
Reading Level:
Middle School,High School
Genre:
Fiction
Awards:

The compelling story of how participation in the American Revolution shapes a young boy.
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Caldecott Medal

Most distinguished American picture book for children (annually).

Coretta Scott King Award

Distinguished books by authors and illustrators of African descent which promote an understanding and appreciation of the American dream (annually).

Golden Kite Award

Outstanding examples of text, illustration, fiction and nonfiction (four awards annually).

Newbery Medal

Most distinguished contribution to American literature for children (annually).

Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award

Outstanding work of historical fiction published by a U.S. publisher set in the New World.